#BestOf2017 : Top 100 Tracks (100-76)



101-LUIS FONSI FEAT. DADDY YANKEE & JUSTIN BIEBER
Despacito (Remix)
(Def Jam)

As it is customary, we begin the countdown of our Top 100 favourite tracks of the year with the imaginary position 101, traditionally populated by one of its “guilty pleasures.” And in 2017, few deserved this slot more than the ubiquitous ‘Despacito.’ The fact that the combined forces of a Latin balladeer whose repertoire makes Enrique Iglesias look like Bob Dylan; a “growing pain” type of teen idol and the reggaeton star who invented ‘La Gasolina’ has been able to produce the most downloaded, streamed, listened to and successful track of the digital era is nothing short of miraculous. But resistance proved futile to a song that, apart from popularity and an impossibly catchy mellow Latin rhythm, has been a source of pride and relief from its long run on top of the Billboard charts for a US Hispanic community under threat by the racist policies of its notorious president.

In the first quarter of our Top 100, we’ll find Japanese Female Punks; long-awaited returns of alternative giants from the noughties; grime superstars; the grief-inspired songs of a French legend’s daughter; grunge inspired pop-rock and a Bedouine.

Check our favourite tracks of the year here:

100-FLEET FOXES
Third of May / Odaigahara
(Nonesuch)
99-ARCA
Saunter
(XL)
98-ZOLA JESUS
Exhumed
(Sacred Bones)
97-THE HORRORS
Something To Remember Me By
(Wolf Tone)
96-CAR SEAT HEADREST
Unforgiving Girl (She's Not A Single Version)
(Matador)
95-OTOBOKE BEAVER
Love Is Short
(Damnably)
94-BICEP
Aura
(Ninja Tune)
93-BEDOUINE
Nice And Quiet
(Spacebomb)
92-GIRLPOOL
123
(Anti)
91-VAGABON
Cold Apartment
(Marathon Artists)
90-ZEBRA HUNT
Fill Me With Ease
(Tenorio Cotobade)
89-STORMZY
Cold
(Merky)
88-BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
Skyline
(Arts & Crafts)
87-AMBER ARCADES
It Changes
(Heavenly)
86-LOYLE CARNER
The Isle Of Arran
(AMF)
85-DIRTY PROJECTORS FEAT. D∆WN
Cool Your Heart
(Domino)
84-FATHER JOHN MISTY
Pure Comedy
(Bella Union)
83-J HUS
Common Sense
(Black Butter)
82-THE BLACK MADONNA
He Is The Voice I Hear
(We Still Believe)
81-CLOUD NOTHINGS
Modern Act
(Wichita)
80-CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG
Rest
(Because)
79-CHARLY BLISS
Percolator
(Barsuk)
78-NILÜFER YANIA
Baby Love
(Blue Flowers)
77-CIGARETTES AFTER SEX
K.
(Partisan)
76-PLAYBOI CARTI
Magnolia
(AWGE/Interscope)

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